University of Greenwich Physical Education (X9C6)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk

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Course summary

Interested in teaching sports? Want a rewarding career as a PE teacher? Begin your training at Greenwich with a PGCE in Physical Education at secondary level.

High-quality PE and sports are vital for keeping young people physically fit and able. Our popular course provides specialist training in teaching physical education and sports. We aim to develop PE teachers capable of working effectively across a range of teaching and practical activities in secondary school settings.

We provide you with essential knowledge and skills in this important area of education, such as the professional, statutory and regulatory requirements within the PE sector. Your training takes place in two different secondary schools and in university environments. By the end of your studies, you will be a confident, competent and effective teacher of physical education with the ability to reflect on both theory and practice.

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as ‘Good’ in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.

  • Graduates receive a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

  • Our philosophy is to train PE teachers to develop children and young people holistically through the medium of physical activity.

School placements

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two contrasting school placements.

Placement A is from October to December and Placement B is from January to June.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

https://astarequivalency.co.uk/ https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

Candidates will be required to have a genuine passion for the subject in which you will teach. Candidates will need to be motivated to develop and learn throughout the programme. They will need to be proactive in their learning and engage with both university lectures and placements.

Other requirements

Candidates must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening. You must use your official name when applying.

Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding.

Students must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay, it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Disclosure Barring Service

Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.

(https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/postgraduate-loans) and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.

You will be required to fill in an occupational health questionnaire.

About the training provider

University of Greenwich is committed to ensuring sustainability across all phases of teacher education and provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and further education and skills sector. Located at the university’s Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century. (Early Years Teacher Status is delivered at Maritime Campus)

Ofsted rated the quality of Initial Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’ for Primary Education (Ofsted Report 2016) and ‘Good’ Secondary, Further Education and Early Years Initial Teacher training.

Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

If you are studying for your PGCE Early Years Teacher Status, your tuition fees will be covered by a DfE and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS. As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

Candidates must:

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Student Wellbeing Service (https://www.gre.ac.uk/student-services/support/student-wellbeing) provides information, guidance and support to students with a disability, including physical and mental health difficulties, long-term medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. This service is open to individuals who work and study at the University of Greenwich, and to those who aspire to do so. We also support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who are carers.

Before you join the University, you can speak to the *STAART team (https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/support/disability/staart#:~:text=The%20STAART%20Team%20is%20a,concerns%20about%20going%20to%20university.) about any concerns on entering higher education and adapting to university life. Once you’re a student, we can provide further information and support, such as advice on assistive technology requirements and Disability Allowance Needs Assessors to help you access any financial help you may be entitled to.

Contact this training provider

Email
courseinfo@gre.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8331 9000
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk
Address
Avery Hill Campus
Southwood Site
Avery Hill Road
Eltham, London
SE9 2UG

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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